Fri, 06 Nov | London, SE4

Dan Hughes: Developing and Repairing Trust in the Traumatised Child - Therapeutic & Caregiving Interventions

Join Dan Hughes, Ph.D. world renowned clinical psychologist for this 1 day event. Focusing on children, adolescents and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Exploring the central place of attachment in enabling an individual to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences.
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Dan Hughes: Developing and Repairing Trust in the Traumatised Child - Therapeutic & Caregiving Interventions

Time & Location

06 Nov 2020, 09:30 – 16:30
London, SE4, Venn St, Clapham Town, London SW4, UK

About The Event

Training from the The Sunflower Network

Children, adolescents and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect are at high risk for significant difficulties in their neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioural development. The central place of attachment in enabling an individual to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences, develop affect regulation and reflective functioning, and establish a coherent narrative will be explored in this one day workshop with Dan Hughes. 

A resulting attachment-focused treatment - Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) - and attachment-focused care is experiential and reflective and involves establishing attuned states between the young person and the therapist and caregiver in order to safely explore past traumas and current behaviours involving both fear and shame. The treatment involves assisting the young person to develop a coherent story involving both past abusive experiences and current experiences in a safe family.  

This story-telling stance is characterised by playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy (PACE). Strengths and vulnerabilities, reciprocity and conflict are all understood and accepted. Dialogues emerge that fully accept the subjective experience of each participant in the conversation. Such dialogues become templates for satisfying and productive dialogues in all areas of life.

Principles and strategies of both psychological treatment and daily care which utilise our understanding of both attachment and trauma will be presented and discussed. This model of intervention will be demonstrated with a video of treatment sessions and a possible role-play.

Running Order for the Day: 

0845                   Doors open for registration, refreshments, socialising & networking

0930                   Workshop begins

9:30-11:00          Blocked Trust and Blocked Care


11:15-12:30        Principles of Engagement with Traumatized Children: PACE

Lunch Break

1:30-3:00                Developmental Change through Therapeutic and Caregiving Conversations


3:15-4:30                Interventions in Therapy and at Home

About Dan: 

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma. This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and spoken at conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for the past 19 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals. He is president of DDPI - a training Institute which is responsible for the certification of professionals in DDP. Information about DDPI can be found on  Dan has a limited practice in South Portland, Maine.

Dan is the author of many books and articles. These include Attachment-Focused Parenting (2009), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (2016). Dan's website is

*The Sunflower Network reserves the right to make changes to the timetable or any events due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation by us we will refund the cost of the ticket price for the event in full. We will not be responsible for any further cost incurred by you in relation to your booking.

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